NPTE Phystical Therapist (PT) Exam Study Guides

A Physical Therapist (PT) works with all ages and deals with functional issues in a patient. These issues usually result from injury or diseases.

A PT must construct a plan based upon a patient in order to restore the function, mobility, and prevention of further disability. This usually includes wellness and fitness programs, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, physical agents, electrotherapeutic modalities, and functional training. Usually they require the use of assistive devices and equipment.

In order to become a PT, the requirements are different from state to state. They usually have a Master’s degree which takes about 2-2.5 years, and some have doctoral degrees. They need basic knowledge in biology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and much more. They must pass the National Physical Therapist Exam (NPTE) in order to be licensed.

Many PTs that have passed the NPTE recommend the PTEXAM: The Complete Study Guide by Giles which includes a CD. The book doesn’t just tell you what is right: it also explains why an incorrect answer is wrong, helping the studying process. The layout is extremely easy and comprehensive, easy to navigate and find the required foundation of knowledge.

Another book recommended is Saunders’ Q&A Review for the Physical Therapy Board Examination. It has over 1200 multiple choice questions and more on the CD which has an unlimited number of randomized practice tests to promote comfort when you are actually taking the NPTE. It is organized by topic, gives rationales, and offers references to help you.

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